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Joseph Leidy


The Museum is open to visitors Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM for self-guided tours. Reservations are required for schools and other groups. Reservations should also be made by researchers or anyone who requires special access to the collections. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (For more detailed museum hours and contact information click here)

The Institute offers guided tours of its National Landmark building during the afternoon when its school programs conclude. These include a slide presentation in the lecture hall where internationally known scientists such as Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope and Margaret Mead once taught, and a guided walk through the exhibit hall.

The Institute’s interior is nearly unchanged since the 1890s and offers a unique encounter with the past – an unparalleled experience of a Victorian collection.

Tours are available by appointment Tuesdays through Fridays between 3 and 5 PM. To make a reservation, call 215-763-6529, ext. 17.

$15 for adults, $10 for WFIS members, seniors, students, $5 for children.

Group discounts available.